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JEFFREY GITOMER: Salespeople have questions; Jeffrey has answers

I get a ton of emails from people seeking insight or asking me to solve their sales dilemmas. Here are a few that may relate to your job, your life, and (most important) your sales thought process right now. Jeffrey, Years ago I took your advice to get into Twitter for my business. What do […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER: A penny saved is a penny earned. Or is it?

by Published: June 6,2014

Tags: Business, gitomer, marketing, Mississippi

Ben Franklin sought to cultivate his character by a plan of 13 virtues, which he developed at age 20 (in 1726), and continued to practice in some form for the rest of his life. His autobiography lists his 13 virtues as: 1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. 2. Silence. Speak not […] [...]

THE SPIN CYCLE — How journalists use social media to report the news, pinterest branding campaigns

A new report from the Indiana University School of Journalism shows how U.S. journalists are using social media to report the news. Based on online interviews with 1,080 U.S. journalists conducted last fall, the new report updates previous findings and adds new ones concerning the role of social media in journalism. Key findings: » 78 […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Mississippi author writes haunting story of family’s WWII secrets

by Published: June 6,2014

Tags: books, Business, D-Day, education, Mississippi

I was not familiar with Margaret McMullan, so it was a surprise to find her in the Mississippi section at the newly re-opened Pass Christian Books. The book’s cover, title and brief synopsis intrigued me. Why is she a Mississippi writer? First, let’s discuss the book. The author spent five years researching and writing In […] [...]

WILLOUGHY: Profiles of risk-takers — Polly Dement writes Mississippi Entrepreneurs

When I first began writing this column, my goal was to uplift and inspire leaders and entrepreneurs around the state. By interviewing successful Mississippians and sharing their stories, I hoped to make a positive impact. For those who enjoying learning from the experiences of outstanding Mississippians, I am excited to share with you about Mississippi […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL — Is the market rigged?

by Published: June 6,2014

Tags: banking, Business, column, finance, Mississippi

By Mark Blackwell I’ve been asked this question more this year than in my past twenty five years in the financial services industry. Presumably, the question arises because of Michael Lewis’ book Flash Boys, in which he makes the claim that the stock market is, in fact, rigged. His premise is that trading technology has […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — Leadership recipes can improve communities

by Published: June 6,2014

Tags: Business, column, Mississippi, Politics

Ever messed up a recipe? Worked hard. Did most everything right. But, your final result was…well, you can remember the words they used. Community projects can have the same results.  People work hard. They do most everything right. But, the outcome is not what they expected. More importantly, the community view is nobody cooked up much of anything worthwhile. That happens […] [...]

HARDWICK — Commercial real estate leases — pros and cons

There are three basic categories of commercial real estate leases. In this column we will explore the pros and cons of each to help you decide which one is right for you and your business. Let’s begin by pointing out that a lease is a contract. In general, all contacts involving the sale of real […] [...]

TODD SMITH — Key shifts in social media strategy, new dictionary words emerge

by Published: May 30,2014

Tags: Business, Deane Smith, Mississippi, Todd Smith

Do you ever wonder how marketers and business owners are using social media to grow their business? Whether they are concerned about declining Facebook reach? What platforms and strategies they intend to invest their time in? Wonder no more. Social Media Examiner has just released its annual Social Media Marketing Industry Report after surveying more […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Mississippian Ellen Gilchrist’s newest book delights

by Published: May 30,2014

Tags: books, Business, Ellen Gilchrist, Mississippi

Mississippi’s own modern-day master of the short story, Ellen Gilchrist, is back in true form. With Acts of God, her first book in eight years, and her 12th book of short stories overall, Gilchrist again pleases those who love her wit, her wry sensibility, and her keen eye for detail. Gilchrist, at 79, has built […] [...]

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